There were offers from Nebraska, Illinois, Virginia Tech and Arkansas, nearly a dozen total, but Glen Ellyn (IL) Glenbard West offensive line Eric Shute knew early on where he wanted to continue his football career.
An early visit to NC State sold him on the Wolfpack coaching staff
and program and Shute decided there was no need to drag the process
out. Last June he committed to the Pack which allowed him to focus
on his final year of high school football.
"That was the main thing in my decision in committing early," said
Shute. "I knew where I wanted to go and where I fit best and it was
NC State so there was no point to keep waiting."
Shute has played all over the Glenbard offensive line and that was
again the case in 2013. While they didn't end the season with a
state title, Shute said he was happy with the outcome.
"We were 11-2 this year and lost in the semifinals so I can't say
I'm disappointed but it would've been nice to win a championship two
years in a row.
"I played pretty much the same (positions) as last year. I went
from tackle to guard depending on the play and where the plan of
attack needed to be- both the left and right side. I guess I was
pretty versatile in that sense."
Shute added that NC State plans to utilize that versatility as well
once he arrives in Raleigh.
"Right now, coach Uremovich is thinking about putting me at tackle
and if I don't make it there, I'll be learning two positions- either
guard and tackle or center and guard."
Although Shute had a prior relationship with another Wolfpack
position coach, it was offensive line coach Mike Uremovich that has
headed up State's recruiting efforts.
"I knew coach Nielsen when he was at Northern Illinois because I
used to play defensive line in my early years of high school. But
it's basically been coach Uremovich recruiting me now.
"We've built a great relationship. We talk about every week on the
phone and he's come out to visit me plenty of times which is pretty
cool. His coaching style, he just seems like a pretty to-the-point
guy and as long as you're giving the effort you're supposed to be
giving, you really have nothing to worry about."
Shute made his official visit to State back in December and the
trip just helped to reenforce his decision to run with the Pack.
"Just being with the players in the dorms and stuff and how everyday
life will be there was really fun. All the food was great. I just
can't wait to get up there."
NC State isn't right around the corner from Chicago so what sold
Shute on the Wolfpack?
"It felt like home. The coaches, the guys from around my area and
the guys not from around Chicago, they were all great guys with big
hearts and they all want to win."
Despite his commitment to NC State, Shute still had to entertain
interest from schools trying to change his mind. Those attempts have
been a waste of time, however.
"There were some letters and messages on Facebook from different
schools but basically I just didn't respond because there was no
Shute is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 41 offensive guard
in the nation by Scout.com. He was named all-state and all-area as
Shute: "It Felt Like Home"
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